C. Organizational Structure and Functional Objectives

The specific functions and objectives of R&D can be grouped into the following seven categories.

  • Highway Safety. Initiate proposals for, and assist in the development of, programs to improve highway safety.
  • Program Evaluation. Evaluate new and existing programs to determine if they are effective.
  • Internal Technical Support. Provide technical assistance, information, and support to departmental management in the areas of planning, policy development, decision making, and problem solving.
  • Interorganizational Assistance and Liaison. Provide requested technical assistance and information in liaison with other organizations, private individuals, educational institutions, etc.
  • State of Knowledge. Advance the state of knowledge on transportation and traffic safety within the public sphere, the department, and the professional community.
  • Program Efficiency and Operations Research. Reduce the cost or improve the efficiency of current DMV programs through the use of operations research and quantitative analyses.
  • Quality Improvement and Management Information. Develop statistical models and control-chart procedures for monitoring and improving process quality. Develop improved Management Information System (MIS) and databases for use in planning and management decision-making.

The organizational structure of R&D has undergone numerous changes since its inception in 1959. The branch is currently part of the Licensing Operations Division (LOD) and the Research Chief reports to the Deputy Director of LOD. The current organization of the branch is shown in the appendix as Figure 1.

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